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PATIENT INSTRUCITONS - BALANCE EXERCISES

  
Exercises to be carried out for fifteen minutes twice a day, and increasing to thirty minutes as your physical status permits.

Eye Exercises
Looking up, then down – slowly at first, then quickly, 20 times.
Looking from one side to another – slowly at first, then quickly,
20 times.

Head Exercises

Bend head forward then backward with eyes open – slowly, then
quickly, 20 times.
Turn head from one side to another—slowly, then quickly 20 times
As dizziness improves, these exercises should be done with eyes
closed.

Sitting
While sitting, shrug shoulders 20 times. Turn shoulders to right
then to the left, 20 times. Bend forward and pick up objects from
ground and sit up 20 times.

Standing
Change from sitting to standing and back again 20 times with eyes
open. Repeat with eyes closed. Throw a small rubber ball from
hand to hand under one knee.

Moving About

Walk across room with eyes open, then closed, 10 times.
Walk up and down a slope with eyes open, then closed, 10 times.
Walk up and down steps with eyes open, then closed 10 times.
Any game involving stooping or turning is good.
Hardin Memorial Hospital. 913 N. Dixie Ave. Elizabethtown KY 42701.
Phone (270) 737-1212
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